Kyle Rye

Kyle Rye

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What Is Hope?

There is a vast difference between the world’s definition of hope and the Bible’s definition of hope. The way the world tends to use the word “hope” comes across as if it is just a “wish” or a “desire,” something you want but lack the certainty of whether or not it will come to fruition. For example, a student might say, “I hope I pass my Calculus class.” What that student is actually saying is that he wants to receive…
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The Choices You Make

I recently watched the Harry Potter franchise of movies because I had never seen them nor read the books, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. One line in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets stood out to me. Professor Dumbledore, speaking to Harry, said, “It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” When it comes to choices, I think it is important for us to realize that there are some…
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WAITING ON GOD

Sometimes the most challenging aspect of faith is waiting on God’s timetable. If you are like me, then in your impatience, you have asked God questions like these. Lord, when will You lead me to a better job? Lord, when will I not be single anymore? Lord, when will You bless our family with children?  Lord, when will I be well again? Lord, when will the grief subside? Lord, when will I get past this storm in my life? As…
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The Opportunity to Love

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to cease in-person assemblies temporarily, I preached a sermon on the opportunity that we would have as a result of that particular situation. Although the pandemic is not over, a new pressing opportunity has arisen. Over the past two weeks, our nation’s attention has shifted from a contagious medical condition and focused on a continuing cultural crisis. The death of George Floyd while being restrained by police officers reignited an ongoing cry for…
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Why Honor Your Father and Mother?

Throughout the Bible, children are viewed as a blessing to their parents. Such is the case in Psalm 127:3-5, where children are referred to as “a heritage from the Lord,” “a reward,” and, ultimately, a blessing. However, in order for children to truly be a blessing to their parents, they must understand the proper relationship they are to have with their parents. That is where the biblical command to “honor your father and your mother” comes into play (Exodus 20:12;…
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Giving Thanks During This Crisis

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are instructed to “give thanks in all circumstances,” and, in Philippians 2:13, we are instructed to “Do all things without complaining.” When life is calm, these instructions are easy to follow, but when life is tumultuous, these instructions are difficult to follow.  Right now, we are facing a crisis unlike anything any of us have ever experienced before, and it is extraordinarily easy for us to complain about the situation rather than express gratitude. How…

Conflict Resolution: What Not To Do

Warning labels have become a necessity for most products that appear in the marketplace. Their necessity is prompted by the potential of lawsuits when such labels are not present. The fascinating thing about some warning labels is that they seem unnecessary when common sense is applied. For example, many chainsaws provide a label warning users not to hold the blade end of the tool when operating, some hair dryers include a label instructing buyers not to use it while sleeping,…

DON’T BE LAZY

An article dated April 16, 2014, appeared on the website of the New York Daily News entitled, “Laziness could be hereditary, study suggests.” The article tells of research conducted at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine where experiments conducted on rats lead to the identification of “36 genes that may play a role in predisposition to physical activity motivation.” As a result, “researchers came to the conclusion that there is such a thing as a genetic predisposition to laziness.”¹ I’m…

DON’T BE NEGLIGENT

The term negligent refers to behavior that is “marked by or given to neglect especially habitually or culpably.”[1] In other words, you are considered negligent when your conduct and/or attitude is careless, lazy, or inattentive, and, as a result, threatens the well-being of others. Legally speaking, negligence is the basis for many personal injury lawsuits and can be defined as “the failure to exercise a certain degree of care in order to minimize the risk of injury to another person.”[2] Therefore, one would be…

Don’t Forget to Exercise

The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the most well preserved elevated Roman aqueducts in the world. It was likely constructed toward the end of the first century or beginning of the second century CE, and yet it still stands today. It was designed to transported water from the Rio Frio River to the city of Segovia, Spain, spanning a distance of nearly eleven miles. The elevated portion of the aqueduct measures 2388 feet in length and is 93.5 feet…

New Year’s Resolutions

A common practice that coincides with the start of a new year is the making of new year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a personal declaration of what one intends to do at the start of a new year in order to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve one’s life. Setting such resolutions can be beneficial because they provide a strategic plan for how you intend to make beneficial changes in…

Fully Involved

Have you ever heard the phrase “fully involved”? To me, that phrase refers to whether or not you want all of the fixings on your sandwich at Firehouse Subs. However, that phrase actually comes from the world of firefighting. In firefighting jargon, the phrase “fully involved” is a “term of size-up,” indicating that “the fire, heat, and smoke in a structure are so widespread that internal access must wait until fire streams can be applied.” If I understand this terminology…